Pauline Malefane

Pauline Malefane was born in 1976 in South Africa. She is a writer, an actress and a composer.

Some of her works include :

2006 Son of Man and 2005 U-Carmen eKhayelitsha

Opera star Pauline Malefane is perhaps the greatest success story to have come out of the vast, impoverished South African township of Khayelitsha.

She has sung in theatres and concert halls from New York to Tokyo. And today she is the joint founder of a Cape Town theatre company that aims to tap South Africa's rich choral tradition, and the wealth of other artistic talent in the townships, to create a new kind of accessible drama, breaking down barriers between South Africans and helping to build a sense of nationhood.

When we meet she is visiting Manyano High School in the sprawling Cape Town township where she grew up, to conduct an impromptu singing masterclass.

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